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NYC Neighborhood Discussion

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by 45elkton, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. 45elkton

    45elkton Well-Known Member

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    Gents,

    I am moving to NYC and was hoping to get your input as I begin to start apartment hunting. My most important considerations are being in a place with a good nightlife/cultural/food scene and being somewhat convenient to commuting to Wall Street/WTC area. I don't want to live in a dump, but I am not overly concerned with amenities or space. I will have a roommate and $3k looks to be about our ceiling. We are leaning towards East Village, Union Square and Gramercy at the moment. Only looking in Manhattan.

    Your insight and recommendations would be appreciated.

    -45E
     
  2. changy

    changy Senior member

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    Anywhere below 80th is pretty convenient, but it doesn't sound like you would be interested in UES or UWS so I'd stay below 59th. Avoid financial District at all costs.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    $3k total, or each? If that is total, expect to live in a studio with each other that is the size of a small walk-in closet.
     
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    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    $3k total, or each? If that is total, expect to live in a studio with each other that is the size of a small walk-in closet.

    I don't think that's accurate at all. $3,000 is enough for very decent one-bedroom.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Downtown? You sure? I am sure he isn't going to want to live in the same room as his roommate though...
     
  6. 45elkton

    45elkton Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, $3k for the whole apartment

    Patrick- appreciate the input, however I know several people living in the neighborhoods I spoke of paying less than $1.5k/person in two or three bedrooms. I believe our expectations are fairly reasonable.

    Changy- you are right, we are probably not as interested in UES/UWS. Not interested at all in midtown either.
     
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    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Downtown? You sure? I am sure he isn't going to want to live in the same room as his roommate though...

    Oh, I assumed he was talking about a wife or girlfriend. No, $3,000 total won't be enough for a two-bedroom.

    But do think a one-bedroom, whether uptown or down, can certainly be had for $3,000/month--give or take a hundred here and there depending on how nice you want the place to be.
     
  8. thenanyu

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    Look on streeteasy.com
     
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    $3000 is doable for a 1 bedroom. You can share that with a partner or convert to a 2 with no/tiny living room.

    Neighbourhood wise, I can only think of Chelsea and LES in addition to the ones you mentioned
     
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    East Village is do-able for that price I'm sure.

    Do you need elevators or doormen or anything like that?

    I would look at Chinatown and LES as well if you want to be near nightlife. However, depends on what type of nightlife you're looking for. These days, even in LES, the wall streeters pretty much rule manhattan Thurs-Sat, so you'll be able to find your peers anywhere.

    People who are saying $3K is unreasonable are probably living in doorman buildings with gyms and shit like that.
     
  11. SoCal

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    I'm moving to New York in a couple of months from Australia and am leaning towards Greenwich Village. It is close to the other places I am considering (East Village, Lower East Side, etc.) but looks a bit nicer. I am mainly looking for somewhere nice and close to good nightlife/food/entertainment. It looks like I should be able to find a one bedroom place within my budget (around $3,000 per month).
     
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    You should be able to find a great 2 BR in Hell's Kitchen for that price
     
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    Gvillage nightlife is shite.
     
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    You're on the right trac -- I think East Village and points north on the East Side are your best bet. LES -- housing can be really crappy. Gramercy proper is pricey, but east end may be in your range. Union Square...limited housing in immediate area, but again, look east toward East Village. I wouldn't be afraid going up to Murray Hill. It's a quiet place to live and convenient to downtown. Definitely get your finances and records in order and be prepared to drop 3 months' rent to start (first, deposit, brokers' fee or last months' rent.)
     
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    1 bedroom convert to 2 for 3K is definitely possiblee. LES is better hang out area
     
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    Gvillage nightlife is shite.

    That may be so but it is still quite close to the Lower East Side (where I have been told has the best nightlife) but looks like a nicer place to actually live. I would rather have a little travel time and live somewhere nice than to have no travel time and live somewhere crappy. The East Village seems somewhere in between these two options. By the way, I will be working in Midtown.
     
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    That may be so but it is still quite close to the Lower East Side (where I have been told has the best nightlife) but looks like a nicer place to actually live. I would rather have a little travel time and live somewhere nice than to have no travel time and live somewhere crappy. The East Village seems somewhere in between these two options. By the way, I will be working in Midtown.

    East Village is pretty cheap relative to the rest of Greenwich Village and other areas. As for nightlife it really depends on what you are into and your personality and such. I personally hate the LES for nightlife. It is like times square for drunks. Crowded, rowdy, used to be hipster galore, but now it is hipsters and bros from Staten Island and Jersey because it "caught on". I would also check out Chelsea. There are some deals there, but probably a bit higher priced than the East Village. It is also convenient for getting around. Oh and I wouldn't say that the East Village is close to the Lower East Side. The only commonality is that they are both on the east side.
     
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    That may be so but it is still quite close to the Lower East Side (where I have been told has the best nightlife) but looks like a nicer place to actually live. I would rather have a little travel time and live somewhere nice than to have no travel time and live somewhere crappy. The East Village seems somewhere in between these two options. By the way, I will be working in Midtown.

    And that's why I like the UES. I can go down downtown to hang out and then make my way back to my quiet, almost suburban-like area and get a good nights sleep.
     
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    East Village is pretty cheap relative to the rest of Greenwich Village and other areas. As for nightlife it really depends on what you are into and your personality and such. I personally hate the LES for nightlife. It is like times square for drunks. Crowded, rowdy, used to be hipster galore, but now it is hipsters and bros from Staten Island and Jersey because it "caught on".

    +1

    I am not a fran.
     
  20. gladhands

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    I lived on the LES, and it absolutely sucks on weekends. You do not want to love on a block that's crawling with drunks, trust me.
     

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